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  • Posted: Nov 25, 2019
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The first Woolworths store opened its doors to the public in Cape Town in October 1931. And it was founder Max Sonnenberg who captured the public’s imagination with dynamic store policies that set Woolworths apart from its competitors. Three years later, a second branch opened in Durban, with another two in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg a year later....
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    Senior Designer - Women’s Outerwear Classic Casual Wovens

    To design commercial, beautiful product that meets and exceeds customer expectations and drives sales and adheres to the Woolworths Merchandise cycle.


    • Develop concepts, storyboard, sketches and drawings of new designs to be considered within the groups in line with strategy and design direction
    • Review fabric and material options for the season and select materials for designs/product development  
    • Determine colours for the season
    • Develop seasonal colour boards in line with product direction
    • Conduct inspirational shopping/analyse designer collections
    • Identify trial opportunities in current season for future season
    • Develop product spec packs/tech packs  
    • Brief ideas, sketches and initial sample requests and costing sheets to relevant suppliers in line with sourcing strategy
    • Conduct supplier visits to ensure sample accuracy and review prototypes
    • Design product for continuity and selected items dependent upon supplier capability 
    • Develop design brief
    • Present season, including styles, looks, themes and fabrics opportunities in line with strategy and design direction
    • Review and approve design brief samples and agree with buying continuity items, volume input and input items for season
    • Build relationships with suppliers
    • Build partnerships with Buying, Planning, and Sourcing and Technology and work in an integrated way to optimise the design capability within the Groups
    • Manage the alignment of the Design critical path and the group to ensure on time delivery of the Merchandise cycle
    • Develop, motivate, inspire and lead the relevant group’s Design team and provide ongoing feedback to enhance performance and deliver the seasonal product direction  

    Technical and Functional Competencies

    • Relevant Design diploma / degree
    • 8 to 10 years Commercial/Design experience
    • Deep understanding of Clothing: Garment construction, fabric, yarn
    • Deep retail skill and understanding, both local and global
    • Merchant and retail ability
    • Product knowledge
    • Creativity, taste level and flair in line with the brand
    • Ability to sketch
    • Ability to work on Photoshop and Illustrator
    • Trend analysis and editing skills
    • Ability to predict trends 
    • Process thinking skills
    • Ability to lead and manage a team

    Behavioural Competencies

    • Passion for the Woolworths Customer / product / merchandise
    • Persuasiveness
    • Interpersonal skills – ability to work with diverse groups of people
    • Effective communication and presentation skills
    • Team Player – service orientated
    • Delivering high performance
    • Driving quality
    • Planning and organising

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Woolworths on to apply
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